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The Direct-to-Consumer Business Taking Facebook by Storm

4 October 2018

How 20-year-old entrepreneur Sakhile Maseko built Aumax, the luxury watch retailer shaking up the industry with a simple maxim – ‘try before you buy’   When then 18-year-old Sakhile Maseko’s university bursary fell through, a lightbulb went on. ‘Instead of feeling sad, I felt excited. I thought: right now, I can do whatever I choose […]

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Chasing Unicorns: The Emerging Market Myth of Venture Capital

4 October 2018

Traditional Venture Capital doesn’t work in emerging markets – yet.  Here’s why ‘Saying that traditional venture capital doesn’t work in emerging markets is taking a very hard line,’ begins Manuel Koser, MD and cofounder of Silvertree Internet Holdings. ‘But I will say this: VC doesn’t work in emerging markets yet.’ Silvertree, the investment growth partner […]

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“Close the Business!” to Massive Growth

27 September 2018

How Robyn Smith, founder of Faithful to Nature, built the well-known ecommerce business into a thriving natural empire At age 25, Robyn Smith was working as an innovation consultant based in London. ‘I had a great job,’ Robyn admits, ‘yet, work needed more flow with my personal values. I grew up on a farm in […]

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Revealed: The Investment Growth Partner Behind Some of South Africa’s Fastest Growing Internet Brands

29 June 2018

Silvertree Internet Holdings counts digital giants PriceCheck, UCOOK, Carzar and Faithful to Nature among its investments Silvertree Internet Holdings (SIH), the investment growth partner behind some of South Africa’s most successful digital brands, counts majors such as,, and among its stable. Together, Silvertree’s brands rack up 6 million visitors monthly online; […]

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Silvertree exiting DealDey in management buyout

25 June 2018

Silvertree is exiting its equity stake in DealDey, Nigeria’s premier deals site, through a management buyout. Over the past two years, Silvertree has supported DealDey’s management as they have transitioned DealDey from early stage insurgent to a sustainable leader in Nigeria’s online market. DealDey’s focus on margin and operational efficiency has seen the company focus […]

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2017 Venture Capital Success Stories

9 November 2017

Two of our portfolio companies, CarZar and UCOOK, have been featured in the top 17 South African Venture Capital Association success stories. The Southern African Venture Capital and Private Equity Association’s (SAVCA), 2017 Venture Capital (VC) Success Stories report highlights the role that VC plays in supporting South African business, and follows the launch of […]

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Freddy Caspers on Cape Talk radio

22 August 2017

Silvertree Chairman was interviewed on Cape Talk radio, discussing how Silvertree Internet Holdings has been driving the success of online businesses in Africa. Listen to the interview at:

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Silvertree appoints ex Reckitt emerging markets CEO Freddy Caspers as Chairman and invests over 15M USD into Africa

6 August 2017

Africa’s leading Internet Platform, Cape Town-based Silvertree Internet Holdings (Silvertree, has recently reached the milestone of over USD 15m (approx. ZAR 200m) channeled into African consumer-focused technology companies since inception in 2014. The portfolio has achieved an average >200% annual revenue growth, helped by fast-growing companies like car buying site and meal-kit delivery […]

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Silvertree investment, CarZar, is now being backed by Nasdaq-listed Vostok

10 May 2017

The young South African tech-startup,, which was founded in 2016, is now being backed by Vostok New Ventures, the Sweden-listed investment firm behind Avito, Russia’s leading online classifieds company. Vostok New Ventures is listed on the NASDAQ Stockholm Exchange and has also funded other successful online tech-brands – BlaBlaCar, a leading long-distance ride sharing […]

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